Monday, March 25, 2019

The Cat's PJs Clothing Exchange!

Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange
A Benefit for Arts West!  

For over a decade the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange has brought countless Athenians the joy of “new” clothes in a fun and community minded way. The spring edition is back in 2019, and we hope that we can break the record of the most clothes ever offered! The mountains of clothes available all are to benefit a good cause; Arts West! Throughout the year Arts West provides space for for the Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library, the PRISM Youth Art Program, art openings, square dances and contra dances, concerts, plays, classes, workshops, special events and more. If you are on the prowl for a new wardrobe, there simply is no better way to get one than the Cat’s Pajamas Clothing Exchange! 

Members Night - Thursday,  March 28th 5:30-8:30pm
Exchange Days - Friday, March 29th 5:30-8:30pm &
Saturday, March 30th 10am-6pm

How it Works:

To Get a Golden Ticket (take unlimited items)
1. Now through Thurs., March 28th bring unwanted clothes to Arts West
2. Pay Entry only once either $15 Fri, March 29th, or $10 Sat, March 30th
3. Return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee

To Get a Regular Ticket (take as many items as you brought, additional items $1 each)
1. Bring clothes on exchange days, (March 28th & 29th)
2. Pay Entry only once either $15 Fri, March 28th, or $10 Sat. March 29th
3. Return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee

Members Night: Thursday, March 28th
1. Open to all current or new Arts West members, with NO ENTRY FEE.
2. Sign up for membership will be available on members night.
3. Return to exchange unlimited times with no additional fee

Arts West is located at 132 W. State St. Athens, OH 45701
(740) 592-4315
Office hours: 11am-6pm, Mon-Fri
(Hours usually are extended during the week for classes and events. Please call for clothing drop off times beyond our office hours!)

We Love our volunteers!
To volunteer please contact Rachel Couch:

Facebook event at:
 Cat's Pajamas Clothing Exchange

Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Arts West News & Events

 Square Dance Social
CreativeMornings: Water 

3rd Thursday Square Dance Social 
Thursday, March 21, 7-10pm

Athens Old Time Presents:
Caller Sean Fen, with musicians Joe Burdock, Matt McElroy & Friends
will offer up an evening of lively old time music! 

$6 suggested donation. Dancing starts at 7pm.
No experience or partner needed. Bring friends, a good attitude,
& an adult beverage of your choice (with valid 21+ ID).

Come to dance or just enjoy the music!

Featuring: A Cake Walk.
Desserts provided by Twisted Sister Novelty Baked Goods

Facebook event at: 3rd Thursday Square Dance Social
CreativeMornings/Athens: WATER
Friday, March 22, 9am-Noon

A monthly inspirational breakfast for Athens' creative community, with complimentary coffee & inspiration. Everyone is welcome!

💧 “If we don’t protect our waters, then what will happen to life?”
This month’s #CMwater theme was chosen by CreativeMornings/Perth and illustrated by Sofia Varano ( We’re exploring WATER with 196 other CreativeMornings chapters around the world this month.

And this month's event is all about Community Networking!

This Friday you are welcome to speak, read poetry, sing, discuss or share! Live Music, Collaboration Station Live!, Open Mic, 30-sec pitches and much more!

Reserve free tickets here: CreativeMornings-CommunityNetworking

For Additional Info visit Facebook Event: CreativeMornings/Athens: WATER

Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Arts West News & Events

3rd Friday Drum & Music Jam
West African Drumming Workshop

3rd Friday Drum & Music Jam
Friday, March 15, 8-11pm

Come join us for a night of drumming and dancing!
All ages and levels welcome

Suggested Donation of $5-$10 to help support the space
Free Parking on the street and in the lot
Food and beverages allowed. B.Y.O.B. (with valid 21+ I.D.)

This is a safe space where you can come to be your truest self. This is an environment where you can put the worry of your days away and become one with the rhythm. Whether you drum, dance or just listen and take it in, there is a place here for everyone. There are no rules to participating in the sound.
Even if you have never played an instrument, pick one up!
There are plenty to borrow. 

This group meets 3rd Fridays of the month at Arts West 8-11pm

Facebook event and contact info at: Drum Jam @ Arts/West 
SEO Musical Lending Library Workshop Series
West African Drumming

with Lawrence Greene
Sunday, March 31, 2-4pm @Stuart's Opera House

The Southeast Ohio Musical Lending Library, Stuart's Opera House, and Athens County Foundation present to you a musical workshop series!
The wokshops alternate locations between Arts West and Stuart's Opera House  

Lawrence Greene will lead the 2nd workshop of the series:
West African Drumming - At Stuart's Opera House

Admission: Sliding Scale of $0 - $22
Tickets Available at: 
West African Drumming Workshop Tickets and are offered at varying prices to make this series accessible to all - please pay what you can to help support the series. 

Ugata or Underground African Themed Arts was created in Southern Ohio and the Mid Ohio Valley to continue the legacy of the Underground Railroad and abolitionist movements by using music to spread cultural understanding.

In this workshop the students will learn to play djembes and djun djun bass drums. The instructor will bring the djun djun bass drums and a few extra hand drums for students to use during class.

Lawrence Greene has been teaching drumming for 15 years.  He started playing at drum circles almost 20 years ago. As an AmeriCorp member at Inner Harbour in Georgia, Lawrence was able to study West African drumming and to play drums with his teacher for about 18 hours a week for 10 months. While in Georgia, he also studied at Tam Tam Mandinque, an international drumming school, and learned from the drum master Mamady Keita, of Winston-Salem, NC. When his program ended, Lawrence returned to Ohio and started to share what he had learned, while also working as a naturalist at Highland Nature Sanctuary and The Wilds.

Lawrence hosts drumming groups at retirement homes, schools, for people in recovery and for people with developmental disabilities. Current classes are in Athens, Logan, McConnelsville, Granville and now Marietta.

For Additional Info visit Facebook Event:
 West African Drumming Workshop


Thanks for Supporting Arts West: Athens Community Gateway to the Arts!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Family Contra Dance
Sunday, March 10, 3-5pm

(last one of the season!)

Come dance to the music of The Trophy Wives!

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of dancing and music.  This will be the final Family Dance of the season.  The Trophy Wives will play hot tunes to get kids and adults dancing together. No experience needed. All dances will be taught. Drop in any time.

Admission by donation. Suggested donation: $3/dancer

More info at or 740-590-4102

or facebook event atMarch Family Dance

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Athens DIY Shop Presents Annual
Wine, Mead & Venison Contest

Saturday, March 9, 5-9pm

$12 for commemorative judging glass. 

Contest entrants may receive one judging glass for each two bottle submission. 

More info at Facebook EventAthens Wine, Mead & Venison Contest

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Cat Art Show
Opening Reception
Thursday, March 7, 5:30-8:30pm
Photo Credit: Emily Votaw/WOUB Public Media

Come and enjoy cat art, refreshments, a silent auction, cat videos,
and live cat-themed music stylings by Steve Zarate.

Half the show features cat artwork by Integrated Services, under the leadership of Kim Jackson, and the other half features artworks created by the public.

March 7-21: Artworks that were donated to benefit the Meowterspace Cat Rescue & Arts West programming will be part of a silent auction; and Artworks that were submitted as 'show and sell' by the artist are available for purchase as priced.

Exhibit will be up through March 21st.

Facebook event at: Cat Art Show